What Liberal Media?
The Truth about Bias and the News
Trade Paperback · 384 Pages
$15.00 U.S. · $23.00 CAN · £8.99 U.K. · €10.99 E.U.
Bold, counterintuitive, and cathartic…. Alterman is ready for a bar fight, and he comes out swinging.New York Times Book Review … More
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Widely acclaimed and hotly contested, veteran journalist Eric Alterman's ambitious investigation into the true nature of the U.S. news media touched a nerve and sparked debate across the country. As the question of whose interests the media protects-and how-continues to raise hackles, Alterman's sharp, utterly convincing assessment cuts through the cloud of inflammatory rhetoric, settling the question of liberal bias in the news once and for all. Eye-opening, witty, and thoroughly and solidly researched, What Liberal Media? is required reading for media watchers, and anyone concerned about the potentially dangerous consequences for the future of democracy in America.
About the Author
Eric Alterman currently writes the Stop the Presses media column for The Nation and the Altercation web log (www.altercation.msnbc.com) for MSNBC.com. In recent years, he has been a contributing editor to, or columnist for Worth, Rolling Stone, Elle, Mother Jones, World Policy Journal, and The Sunday Express(London). His Sound and Fury: The Making of the Punditocracy (1992/2000), won the 1992 George Orwell Award and his It Ain't No Sin To Be Glad You're Alive: The Promise of Bruce Springsteen (1999), won the 1999 Stephen Crane Literary Award. He is also the author of Who Speaks for America? Why Democracy Matters in Foreign Policy(1998), and When Presidents Lie: Deception and Its Consequences, which is forthcoming. A senior fellow of the World Policy Institute at New School University, and an affiliated faculty member in the magazine journalism program at New York University, Alterman received his B.A. in History and Government from Cornell, his M.A. in International Relations from Yale, and his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Stanford. He was born in Queens, New York and lives with his family in Manhattan. He can be reached online at www.whatliberalmedia.com.
A well-documented, even-tempered and witty answer…to such toxic recent bestsellers as Bernard Goldberg's Bias and Ann Coulter's venomous, invective-laden and fact-challenged Slander…. Alterman has done a persuasive job of at least puncturing the myth.
— Los Angeles Times
A polemic is nothing without passion, and Alterman's vigor is engaging…. The meticulous care with which his arguments are sourced and footnoted is in commendable contrast to the efforts of some of his more fire-breathing opponents.
— The New Yorker
Bold, counterintuitive, and cathartic…. Alterman is ready for a bar fight, and he comes out swinging. New York Times Book Review
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